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Master of Clinical Psychology (Post Registration)

The Master of Clinical Psychology (Post Registration) program is a standalone AQF level 9 one-year program leading to professional competencies in clinical psychology as a specialised area of practice.

On successful completion of this course, graduates will be eligible for the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) Registrar Program in clinical psychology. Graduates will be required to complete a supervision plan approved by the PsyBA in order to be accepted as registrars, followed by two years of supervised practice for the purpose of gaining registration with endorsement in the area of clinical psychology.

Graduates of this course will also be eligible to become Associate Members of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) College of Clinical Psychologists, and on completion of a PsyBA approved registrar program, to be a Fellow of the College.


Location: Hawthorn East Intake: Semester 1 each year
Delivery:  Full Time or Part Time Fees:  Fee information can be found here
Duration: 1 Year Full Time or 2 Years Part Time FEE-HELP: Yes
Course Code: PY094 Application Types: Domestic Only

What does this course offer you?

  • Fast track your qualification in Clinical Psychology
  • Study part time or full time
  • Flexible, accessible online training with face to face intensive classes
  • National program – some intensives will occur in various states.
  • Complete placements in your own state
  • Two pricing options.
Course Duration and Structure

This is an intensified blended mode program designed for working professionals.

Full-time study is 8 units per year (2 units per term or 4 units per semester) or part-time study is 4 units per year (1 unit per term or 2 units per semester). The contact hours are 1.5 days (intensive) per unit of study plus 1-3 hours of synchronous or asynchronous online learning per week during teaching time. 


This one year full time or two years part time program consists of 100 credit points. It consists of four units of coursework (50 credit points or 50%), three placements (37.5 credit points or 37.5%), and the completion of a research project unit (12.5 credit points or 12.5%).

Year One


Clinical Psychology: Theory and Practice


Advanced Assessment for Clinical Psychologists


Psychopathology and Intervention for Children and Youth


Supervised Clinical Placement I


Psychopathology and Intervention for Adults


Supervised Clinical Placement II


Supervised Clinical Placement III (or as summer school)


Clinical Research Project

Admission Criteria

Students accepted into the course must have successfully completed a four year, or three years plus a fourth year, APAC-accredited sequence in psychology. Students must hold general registration as a psychologist with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA), with no conditions on their registration, and have practiced for at least 12 months. Students will also be required to successfully pass an interview process and referee check in order to demonstrate APAC level three professional competencies.

An order-of-merit for entry will be prepared taking into account (a) academic record, (b) previous work experience and training, (c) academic and professional referees’ reports, and (d) interview.

If you do not yet hold full registration with AHPRA, please see the standard Master of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) or Master of Professional Psychology for suitable options

Applications for this course also require three (3) references to be submitted via psychologyreference.org and must be received in the system by no later than 1 week after the close of applications.

You must provide a minimum of three (3) referees but we will only read up to four (4) if you submit more than three (3). We recommend that you include at least one of each type of reference if possible (e.g. at least one (1) academic and at least one (1) professional reference, the third reference can be either although a second academic reference is recommended where possible). For more information, see our FAQ page. 

NOTE: your current professional supervisor can act as an academic reference if required. For more information, please see our FAQ page. 


For entry into the course, students are required to submit an application through the Apply Now page, with certified or original scanned copies of the following supporting documentation:

  • Most recent academic transcripts
  • A current curriculum vitae
  • A 500 word personal statement outlining what factors have contributed to the application
  • Proof of residency/citizenship (e.g. passport, birth certificate, or citizenship certificate)
  • Two academic and one professional reference using the online HODSPA reference system. A guide on how to use the system is available here.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview with members of the School Teaching Faculty. Potential students will also have the opportunity to pose any questions they have about the proposed course of study at the interview.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process where a student may be granted credit or partial credit towards a qualification in recognition of previous experience. Typically, only recent postgraduate formal training will be recognised as prior learning in relation to this course. Credit or partial credit towards a qualification cannot be granted in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience unless students can demonstrate that they have been assessed on the competencies. There is no RPL for life experience. Conditions for RPL are specified in the Cairnmillar Institute RPL Policy.

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Cairnmillar Institute’s courses in clinical psychology are highly sought after for their academic acumen and professional suitability. They have an appreciation of the breadth and depth of psychological practice and are creative and flexible in their thinking. Graduates are committed to working within the scientist-practitioner model and to using interventions and assessments that have been empirically validated. They are familiar with working with a range of clients and severity of client presentations. Their practice is ethical and culturally sensitive. Graduates of the Master of Clinical Psychology (Post-Registration) have developed skills in each of the areas listed below, preparing them to commence the PsyBA Registrar Program.

Students who satisfactorily complete the Master of Clinical Psychology (Post Registration) will have achieved advanced knowledge and skills in the following areas of study:

  • Implement core clinical psychology principles across a range of settings.
  • Assess and diagnose a variety of clinical presentations with reference to the DSM 5.
  • Interpret current research on psychopathology and apply this to formulate appropriate intervention and assessment protocols.
  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the Australian Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics as well as relevant legislation that informs current professional practice.
  • Apply ethical principles to professional practice.
  • Develop knowledge of a broad range of assessment measures and understand the theoretical frameworks and psychometric properties that support their empirical validation.
  • Demonstrate an ability to administer, score, interpret and write up specific assessment batteries.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of a select range of empirically validated interventions suitable for use with adults, older adults, adolescents and children.
  • Perform interventions in an effective and ethical manner and to be able to evaluate therapeutic outcomes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of interventions used with clients who have complex presentations.
  • Demonstrate an expert understanding of a topic relevant to clinical psychology. This understanding is exhibited by the ability to: interpret previous findings and developments relevant to their research in clinical psychology, and devise an original research project that is based on sound and current research methods.
  • Conduct a high quality research project independently and ethically, and be able to disseminate findings to both specialist and non-specialist groups.
  • Produce a cohesive research output relevant to Clinical Psychology.
  • Demonstrate effective and efficient written and oral communication skills.
  • Relate appropriately to a range of clients and professionals across academic and clinical settings.
  • Develop competence in working in a culturally sensitive and responsive manner with clients from diverse backgrounds, especially with clients of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • Deliver a range of psychological services appropriate to adults, children, adolescents and older adults.
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the importance of reflective self-practice and the ability to implement constructive feedback in order to improve clinical practice. 
Career Opportunities

Graduates may gain employment in community mental health centres, psychiatric hospital settings, specialist services for particular clinical groups, schools, tertiary education, clinical rehabilitation services and private practice.

Professional Recognition

The Master of Clinical Psychology (Post Registration) is currently undergoing an assessment for APAC accreditation.

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration by the Psychology Board of Australia as a Clinical Psychology Registrar. On completion of two years of supervised experience subsequent to graduation from the program, graduates will be eligible to apply for endorsement in clinical psychology, and to be clinical psychology practitioners with Medicare Australia.

On completion of this course graduates will be eligible for Associate Membership of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. On completion of the registrar program, graduates are eligible to apply for full membership (Fellow) of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists.